PTC Blasts Glee for "Appalling" Sex-Based Episode

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The Parents Television Council often goes too far in its attempt to rid the airways of anything remotely controversial. In the past, it's asked for a federal investigation into Skins and compared a photoshoot to child pornography.

But we can see where the organization is coming from in its latest critique of Glee.

Following an episode that brought back Gwyneth Paltrow as a sexual education teacher, Dan Isett - the PTC's director of public policy - went off to The Hollywood Reporter about how many scenes were "pretty appalling." Specifically? One in which Paltrow's Holly dances seductively for students.

Go Glee

"If you had a real-life instance of that, I think it's fair to say the teacher involved would no longer be a teacher," he said. "But somehow it's acceptable for a fictional teacher to do this. Again, this is a real problem. Real-world teachers don't lap dance with their students."

Isett acknowledged one conversation in which a father gives healthy, mature advice to his gay son about sex, but said overall:

"From the beginning of the episode, it was pretty clear the gist of it was going to be that abstinence is off the table, and we're going to make the celibacy club look like the nerds convention essentially.

"There was very little doubt - despiteĀ  the sort of lip service the show gave to responsible sexual activity - that the gist of the show was lap dances with students is cool, the celibacy club is not, and when it's presented in that way, it really cheapens whatever discussion there is about consequence and responsibility."

Did you watch the episode? What did you think of its and the PTC's reaction?


Glee certainly went too far with this episode. I have enjoyed Glee, for the most part, up till now and after watching this specific episode I turned to my wife and said "I think we can remove Glee from the Tivo autorecord now."


i have to say i did't like it. most teenagers will have sex that's not the point. the point is grown-ups should present a safe figure at school. it's sort of dubious to blur these lines even for entertainment's sake. i mean, kids don't take it seriously and will laugh at it, but for grown ups it's a different thing, they should know better. and grown-ups came up with this storyline. so what's the deal with them?


It was definitely over the top. I thought to myself several times while watching the episode - wow she would be fired in real life for that. I prefer to watch shows that have story lines that are believable and this episode was not. The Guidance Couseller should have had more of a role on the sex education but instead she was made to look like a child.


classic randyjacksonbutt comment......fuckin eh man. This show fucking blows. but hey.......if the over weight women and gay kids are diggin it......who cares. all of about 21 people dont watch this show cuz its pathetic so we dont have anything to worry about


I feel bad for the kids of these people. They must be so ignorant of the world. Perhaps the PTC should wake up and realize teens are having sex. And to say that the abstinence kids look like geeks is just silly. Any show that tries to touch on sex and doesn't push the abstinence-only point (which doesn't work anyways) is bound to be put to the guillotine.


I'm all about the PTC banning everything but I have to disagree with them on this one simply because only gay teenagers and over weight women actually watch this show. Which basically means that Glee viewers aren't going to get laid anyway so why does it even matter. Let them enjoy their silly musical.


Of course no real life teacher would do that,it's a freakin' TV show! Does anyone take these PTC pepole seriously? Not every show is meant to be family friendly nor should it be! Don't like it,don't want your kids to see it? Change the channel then! I have kids and it is my job to monitor what they do and see. The whole damn world is not expected to be one long Barney episode just so I don't have to do that job. Just because I am a parent does not give me the right to dictate what others watch or what is shown on TV. I will contol what goes on in my house and I suggest that this PTC get off their soapbox and off their lazy asses and parent their own kids!
I mean,what the hell are they doing? Watching TV all day just to find something to object to? What are their kids doing while the parents are watching all this "appalling" stuff? Remove the sticks from your asses and concentrate on your own famlies PTC.


The show did take things a little far but it's tv it's meant to be entertaining and funny. If people dont take the show as being humourous then they don't have a sense of humour. If parents don't want their children watching it then dont let them. But teenagers already know about sex, its everywhere, watching Gwenyth Paltrow dance seductively is not going to make kids jump into bed together. Lighten up!!


Does anybody really care what the PTC has to say? They are way too prudish. They're basically against anything in the media that is sexual. They're ridiculous. They need to come to terms with the fact that sexuality is here to stay and that no amount of conservative bitching and moaning is going to change that.

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